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Canada hits the 10-medal mark at world juniors

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NETANYA, Israel – Lorne Wigginton of Calgary collected his second individual medal at the World Aquatics Junior Swimming Championships with bronze in the men’s 400-m individual medley Friday.

Canada ended the evening with a second bronze earned by the women’s 4×100-metre freestyle relay. After five days of competition the Canadian team has 10 medals: one gold, one silver and eight bronze.

In the men’s 400 IM, Tomoyuki Matsushita of Japan set a meet record for the gold in 4:10.97. Zhanshuo Zhang of China took the silver in 4:12.44 while Wigginton lowered his national 15-17 age group record to 4:12.81.

‘’I thought I raced those guys really well,’’ said Wigginton, 17, also third in the 200 IM earlier this week. ‘’It was fun being in there and staying close to the leaders. I was happy with how it turned out.’’

Australia snared the gold in the women’s 4×100 free relay clocking 3:36.52. The U.S. was second in 3:37.71 and the Canadians third in 3:40.40.

The Canadian swimmers in the final were Julie Brousseau of Ottawa, Ella Jansen of Burlington, Ont., Mia West of Winnipeg and Sienna Angove of Kamloops, B.C.

It was a team-leading fifth medal for Brousseau, who has two individual and three relay podium finishes.

Delia Lloyd of Etobicoke, Ont., and Ella Cosgrove of Dorval, Que., swam in the preliminaries with West and Angove.

Lloyd improved her personal best to 28.46 for fifth spot in the women’s 50 backstroke while Filip Senc-Samardzic of Toronto was eighth in the men’s 50 butterfly in 24.34.

Three Canadians advanced to finals in Friday’s semis.

Jansen and Victoria Raymond of Etobicoke ranked fifth and seventh in the women’s 100 fly semis in 58.74 and 59.38, both personal bests.

Senc-Samardzic is headed to the men’s 100 free final after clocking 49.95, his first sub 50 second swim, ranking seventh.

‘’I feel the podium is within reach,’’ said Senc-Samardzic. ‘’I know a lot of contenders are going to get out fast but I believe I have one of the better back halfs.’’

Angove missed a berth in the women’s 50 free final by 0.15 seconds ranking ninth, one spot short, in a personal best 25.66. Oliver Dawson of Grande Prairie, Alta., also set a PB in the men’s 50 breast semis ranking 13th in 28.33.

Competition ends Saturday.

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